Ravens offensive lineman Jah Reid seems motivated by the urgency of his current situation. He’s in the final year of a four-year contract. He was arrested during the offseason for misdemeanor battery, before being accepted into a pretrial diversion program. Then a strained calf forced him to miss most of the Ravens’ organized offseason workouts.
However, since reporting to training camp, Reid is making positive impressions. He is currently working as the backup right tackle behind Ricky Wagner, as the two compete for as starting job. Not long ago, Reid seemed a long shot to make the team. While Reid is still not secure, the coaches view him as an improved player.
“Jah looks better – he’s lost some weight,” said offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak. “To me, he’s moving better. It’d be nice to see Jah stay healthy and really compete at a high level.”
Reid has played both guard and tackle, but has enjoyed the switch to right tackle.
“Tackle and guard are completely different positions but I’ve played tackle before,” Reid said. “It’s just adjusting, learning the pace of this offense. Every year in the NFL is make or break. You’re always competing for your spot. That’s how I feel.”
Perhaps this training camp competition will bring out the best in Reid.